Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Oh, Well That's Different.

Wow, my two areas of expertise all in one news story!
U.S. Military Covertly Pays to Run Stories in Iraqi Press: Troops write articles presented as news reports. Some officers object to the practice.

The L.A. Times got themselves a major scoop here, folks. Apparently there are unethical news organizations in the Middle East running stories biased toward showing a positive view of our military's work there!
Though the articles are basically factual, they present only one side of events and omit information that might reflect poorly on the U.S. or Iraqi governments, officials said. Records and interviews indicate that the U.S. has paid Iraqi newspapers to run dozens of such articles, with headlines such as "Iraqis Insist on Living Despite Terrorism," since the effort began this year.

The very thought of a news organization publishing basically factual stories that only show one side of an issue and omit facts is galling! Well, at least the Iraqis haven't been paid by the U.S. military to fabricate them out of whole cloth. That should be done for free!

Noe of our highly ethical American media organizations would ever accept money to publish biased messages. Our media organizations here in America are certainly the best judge of unethical journalism.

Sarcasm aside, it is a free country. At least the L.A. Times saw fit to report that at least one publisher supports our efforts there and would've run pro-U.S. stories anyway. I suspect there are many more. Is there something inherently wrong with letting Iraqis know what we're doing to help them? Isn't the fourth estate always braying about "winning the Iraqis' hearts and minds"? I'm beginning to think that the problem with the Global War On Terror is that it's such a high-concept type of world changing effort, that no one, save its architects and those of us who've put some effort into following it, really understand what it's about. 50 years from now, this will be understood to be a pivotal point in history.

You never learn in school that history's details are incredibly tedious.

EDIT: Hey Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is kind of a hottie, isn't she? Too bad my lust belongs to Laura Ingraham. And Michelle Malkin. (Heart goes to the wife, sorry gals.)

EDITx2: Hey, post number 42! Why? I tried that, "Why? 42." It doesn't work.

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